THE first planning application to build hundreds of new homes in South West Maidenhead has been submitted.

The adopted borough local plan earmarks the Maidenhead golf course and land south of Harvest Hill Road for 2,600 homes – 30 per cent of which are affordable, schools, a local centre, and public open space.

Developer Berkley Homes have submitted plans to build 214 homes on land south of Manor Lane, including off-street and on-street parking, cycle storage, open and recreational space, landscaping, and improved pedestrian and access links.

The housing mix includes 75 one and two-bed apartments, 134 three, four, and five-bedroom homes, and five three-bedroom flats over garages.

Royal Borough Observer: Layout of the homesLayout of the homes

Most of the proposed homes will predominantly be 2.5-storeys in height, although some could reach three-storeys.

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The planning statement states the plans are ‘compliant’ with the council’s 30 per cent affordable housing policy. “The applicant awaits further details from RBWM as to any further infrastructure costs required in relation to the development, in order to determine if the scheme remains viable,” it states.

A precise number of car parking spaces are not mentioned in the planning statement, but Berkley states it is in accordance with the borough’s maximum standards. There will be one cycle parking spot for each home.

The primary access to the site will be from Harvest Hill Road.

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While most of the greenspace will be concreted over, the developer states it is creating new public open space and will deliver an orchard, wildlife corridor, willow green, pocket park, village green, and a pedestrian gateway.

It also pledged to create a biodiversity net gain of 10 per cent on and off the site.

A ‘natural approach’ to drainage will be incorporated throughout the site. A village pond is also proposed to create new wildlife opportunities.

Royal Borough Observer: A pond could be added at the siteA pond could be added at the site

The council will soon be conducting a six-week consultation on the draft South West Maidenhead Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), which provides further guidance and information on future planning applications at the sites.

While the SPD is not yet completed and not formally adopted by the council, Berkley states it has been an active participant at the stakeholder meetings and its plans seek to accord with the emerging policies.

The plans will most likely be decided by the Maidenhead development management panel at a later stage.